Congratulations to nine North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) students who received 2016 Scholastic Writing Awards! Afton Morton (’20, South Freeport) won three Gold Key Awards for her short stories, Commensalism in Humanity, and Playthings of Fear. Under the World of Hurt earned Afton her third Gold Key in flash fiction. Her submissions will be judged in mid-March for national recognition.
Emma Cohen (’19, Falmouth), Tellie Stamaris (’21, Gorham), and Rachel Burns (’20, Brunswick) each received a Silver Key. Cohen won for her personal essay Locked Memories, Soft Melodies. Stamaris was awarded for her flash fiction, Darling, Never Grow Up. Burns won the Silver Key for her poem Frayed But Not Forgotten and an Honorable Mention for The Veil That Covers Our Eyes.
Also receiving Honorable Mentions were Ellie Griswold (’19, Cumberland) and Elizabeth Sevigny (’19, Portland) with two apiece. Madison Argitis (’20, Yarmouth), Sydney Billings (’20, Yarmouth), and Annie Sillin (’21, Yarmouth) were each awarded with one.
“Students devoted a great deal of time and commitment to their pieces. Many of these students took real risks with their writing, and it is gratifying to see their efforts acknowledged at the state level,” praises Middle School English teacher Holly Dana.
The Maine Region of the Scholastic Writing Awards received 354 submissions this year. Thirty-one Gold Keys, 59 Silver Keys, and 70 Honorable Mentions were given. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
Award-winning students and their teachers, Holly Dana and Heidi Grant, will be recognized at a ceremony on March 11, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in Talbot Lecture Hall on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus.
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